Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Rainey, 15 June 1780

From John Rainey

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Amsterdam June 15th. 1780


I had the Honour to write your Excly. the 12th. Inst, but by Mistake did not mention to whose care to Direct to, If your Excely. is so good as to favr. me with an Ansr. please to Direct to the Care of Messrs. John de Nefville & Son— Since Writing my Last there is no Mail Arrived from England, which Alarms people here, as the Wind has been fair this 3 days, There is Some letters comes by fishing Boats, wh. says the Guards has fired on the People, & many kil’d,— it is thought affairs is in great Confusion in London, there is a Ship Arrived from St. Eustatia left it the 26th. Aprl. it is reported She brings Account of the French, and English, Fleets, having another Battle, and that the English was Defeated,9 I have not yet been able to find out any person has a Letter,—

I am with respect Your Excelys. Most Obedt. Servt.

John Rainey

His Excly. Benjn. Franklin Esqr

Addressed: To / His Excely. Benjn: Franklin Esqr. / at Passey near / Paris

Notation: Rainey John, Amsterdam June 15. 1780.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Guichen and Rodney’s battle off Martinique on April 17, the first of several inconclusive engagements between the two admirals: Gaz. de Leyde, no. XLVIII (June 16, 1780); W.M. James, The British Navy in Adversity: a Study of the War of American Independence (London, New York, and Toronto, 1926), pp. 198–204.

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